During the update to the ISO9001:2015 version references to ‘management representative’ have been removed.
What does this mean for the future and auditing of your management system?
Theoretically it means that any or all of these references and requirements can be removed from your management system and the system would be compliant with ISO9001:2015.
However, the company needs to consider the impact of such changes in its operations. For example, the new standard will be increasing its focus on the commitment of the whole management team not just a single representative.
Whether documented or not any changes to a company’s management system needs to consider how a management team’s commitment to continual improvement will be demonstrated in practice.